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Speedweeks kicks off today in advance of next Sunday's Daytona 500 (2/17, 2:30PM EST FOX). The Clash is this Sunday, 3pm, and the duels are 7pm next Thursday, 2/14. Note also the Arca race will run this Saturday at 4pm on FS1.

What else for 2019:
- New rules package: Note that the Daytona 500 will run under the old package, but after that we will go to tapered spacers (including at Daytona and Talladega where they won't run plates anymore), bigger spoiler, bigger splitter, wider radiator pan, and "aero/brake ducts". It's all similar to the 2018 All-Star package and designed to reduce horsepower but improve stability and throttle response . . . with the hope of reducing the aero advantage that the leader has had at the intermediate and speedway tracks under the old package. https://m.nascar.com/news-media/2018/10/02/2019-rules-packages-announced-monster-energy-series/


- New post-race inspection procedure: Post-race inspection will happen immediately following the race and will include first and second place, and other randomly selected cars. If you fail post-race you are disqualified and scored as last in the race and stages. So if the winner fails, the second place is declared the winner for all intents and purposes . . . any stage points for DQ'd cars will go to the next car on the pylon. This will mean that the race winner will be confirmed by weekend's end, rather than having to wait on inspection and penalty procedures under the old rules (often not announced until Tuesday or Wednesday).

- Notable team/driver changes:
Martin Truex and Cole Pearn move over to JGR proper at the 19
Kurt Busch to the 1 at CGR; Jamie Mac running the Daytona 500 (in the 40) and then retiring to the Fox broadcast roster
Daniel Suarez moves over to the 41 at SHR
Ryan Newman runs the 6 full-time at Rousch
Daniel Hemric (rookie) will be in the 8 at Childress
Matt DiBenedetto will be in the 95
Kasey Kahne and AJ Allmendinger are not racing
Chad Knaus and Jimmie aren't together, Chad to the 24 (Byron) and Kevin Meendering comes over from the Xfinity 1 car (E. Sadler) to lead the 48 crew


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IDK that I like the move for Bubba, it seems like a lateral move at best, but good luck to them. Maybe Jordan is gonna throw a ton of money at it.
 
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IDK that I like the move for Bubba, it seems like a lateral move at best, but good luck to them. Maybe Jordan is gonna throw a ton of money at it.
If he's got better equipment and a better chance to win races, I'd call it a step ahead for him. He's normally running middle of the pack. If it puts him in a position to get some top 10 finishes, it's worth the move.
 
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IDK that I like the move for Bubba, it seems like a lateral move at best, but good luck to them. Maybe Jordan is gonna throw a ton of money at it.
I don’t think it’s a lateral move - with LFR closing shop, Toyota is down to just JGR. With Denny and MJ, you have a high profile team that will get instant manufacturer backing and a satellite JGR relationship - and a proven driver with sponsor appeal. I think Hamlin-Jordan Racing or whatever is already as good or better than Levine, and with a significant upside. And I think LFR was better than RPM - and this new deal might be better.

But we’ll see. This business is hard.
 
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Note these late start times - it’s west coast so they’re not night races per se.

 
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Vegas Cup race was really good. It’s amazing how far Kurt Busch has come that he’s pretty much universally liked as a veteran who can still drive the wheels off and win when cards fall his way. He’s still a bit goofy but a really good guy when he stopped getting so worked up. I always enjoy his wins these days. And he’s doing a great job calling the truck races.

He’s a wildcard for sure. Good enough to capitalize.
 
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I love that Nascar is going on dirt, but why at Bristol and not some full time dirt track?
I suspect it's because Bristol can seat a lot more and just brings more of a pop to the more casual fan than Eldora or the Chili Bowl would. Plus, it's a date already on the schedule and doesn't require a track to lose a race.
 

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